The Regional Center Board has heard a proposal for a new hotel, to be located at the corner of Meridian and South Streets. This area of downtown is currently a massive parking lot crater, so the infill would be welcome here. Unfortunately, the land use and design of the hotel leaves a bit to be desired:
This is basically a parking garage with a small hotel attached to the top of it. The portion of the site plan dedicated toÂ street level parking is entirely too high at this location. I suppose a positive argument for providing this much parking is that there is so much other land nearby that can also be developed, so those other project won’t need to provide as many spaces.
There certainly are worse hotel designs around Lucas Oil Stadium. And there are better ones as well. Hopefully, this proposal can be improved upon before it is constructed.